New Cell Phone Law For Drivers

Texting & Driving

Arkansans can no longer use a hand held cell phone while driving or you risk getting a ticket.

As of today, Act 738 is in effect, which will strengthen traffic laws by restricting the use of cell phones while driving.

The definition of texting has been expanded to include instant messaging and electronic data retrieval.

Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone, or a hands-free device, however, drivers 18 years of age and older can use a hands-free device while driving.

All drivers cannot use a cell phone while in construction zones with workers present, or in school zones during school hours when students are present.

Fines for a first offense range from $25 to $250. A second offense will cost $50 to $500. If the driver is in an accident or collision, the fines will be doubled.

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